I may very well be in the minority here, but I love grammar. I have loved it since I started learning to diagram sentences in Mrs. Tanner’s 7th grade English class. Being a visual learner, diagramming helped me physically see how sentences were structured and suddenly, it all made sense and just clicked. But, my oldest has failed to see the importance or need in learning, let alone committing to memory the rules of English grammar.
While we learned the basics in elementary, I wanted to focus more on the grammar functions this year, but it hasn’t gone as well as I hoped. We have struggled through lessons and learning only to realize that what he has done so far is not sticking. He’s simply not retaining the information given longer than the tests.
Some of you grammar haters may say, “Oh that’s okay. He’ll be fine.” And you might be right, but as a former English major and tutor in college, I beg to differ. I saw too many kids come through the Learning Center in college not knowing anything about grammar, which caused them to spend not only long hours with me, but they struggled in other areas too.
3 Reasons You Should Teach Grammar
- Proper Speaking – It may not seem like a big deal to you, but kids who don’t learn grammar do not know how to speak properly. Oh sure people in your neck of the woods will most likely understand you, but will the rest of the world? If you speak grammatically incorrect, it is difficult for the listener to decipher what exactly you are saying, which can lead to confusion, chaos and missed opportunities.
- Research Papers in Higher Education – As I mentioned, I was a tutor for Grammar/English in college. It was absolutely amazing to me how many students had no concept of sentence structure, let alone how to write a complete research paper. If your child(ren) decide to attend college, they will have to write a paper, which will require correct grammar usage. If they struggle in this area now, think of how frustrated they will be when their grade and potential career are on the line. College is stressful enough for most students, don’t let grammar be another source of frustration.
- Understandable Written Communication – This might not seem like a big deal, but it is. At some point in their life, your child(ren) will have to communicate in a written format. And shortcode texting emoji’s won’t do. They will be required to write an email to a manager or a company on behalf of their division and it it must be read correctly. If they do not know the proper structure of sentences and write the wrong thing, their message could be taken incorrectly or worse a deal could be dissolved.
Grammar is so much more than diagramming sentences and writing papers. It is the basis of our language and without it, disastrous things can happen. I know that sounds dramatic, but there are lawyers in business for finding deals gone wrong because of grammatical errors in contracts.
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So how can you make sure your child(ren) know grammar? Find a grammar curriculum that works! We have used several online programs with our oldest, but more recently I found Easy Grammar. I like the simplicity of the lessons, which take only 10-15 minutes per day. And I like that they are in bite-sized pieces, so as not to overwhelm the student. I also like that the books are reproducible for your family, which is a plus with four more children to homeschool.
We received the 6th Grade text to review. To start, my oldest took the pre-test in the front of the book and I was shocked. I knew he didn’t like grammar, but I couldn’t believe how much he didn’t retain from our efforts over the past year. However, now I know where we need to start…from the beginning.
With our previous grammar program, my son would take hours to work through the lessons and examples. Now, he can complete them in less than 30 minutes a day. He’s no longer frustrated with the amount of work he needs to complete and he is actually retaining the information.
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